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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Advice for a new CTE Teacher!!

Giving them just one piece of Advice is a task in itself but I will do my best. First and for most I would make sure they knew that I was right across the hall if they needed support for anything. A true sense of welcome and having a support system are probably the two most important things when starting ANY new career. But for my one piece of advice I would strongly suggest that classroom management is the most important piece of this puzzle. Once you've established a sense of control of your own classroom the rest will follow. If you fail to establish control, your year will be tough and it's hard to maintain without it. The students have to know you mean business, that your class is not the class they take a break from the rest of their classes. It's not ok to sleep in class or slack on classwork. Your class is just as important as any other classes they are taking. Don't tolerate disrespect, it only gets worse if you do. This was a problem for me in my first year, I wanted to be the "cool teacher" the one they could come to about anything but I began to realize that was my first and hardest mistake to over come. The students ran all over me my first year teaching and it was a mess. But after my WONDERFUL summer in NTI, I learned so much and I have made a huge turn around. It's ok and still "cool" to be in control of your class. My students respect me more and my days are so much smoother knowing i'm in control. The rest will come, it really will. Having classroom management is truly the most important thing in my opinion.


Taylor said...

I definitely feel you on the "trying to be the cool teacher" thing. A lot of us are younger teachers, and surprisingly closer to the students' age than their parents, so fighting the stigma of being "young and hip" was an additional hurdle to jump.
I was told a hundred times by anyone who found out I was going into teaching to "start tough and ease off later" and I so wish I had followed that from the beginning when it came to classroom management.
We are lucky that we now have the tools to overcome these obstacles, and we can now share our wisdom with new teachers.

Mark said...

Classroom management is indeed the key to have a successful career as a teacher. It's like your foundation as a teacher, if you don't have a foundation, than everything around you will collapse. Although a first year classroom management plan will more than likely be changed, but you will have something in place to guide you. Students will also pick up on if you have a good classroom management plan as well, so a first year teacher should make sure that the plan is clear-concise and enforced.